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Our Older Adult Ministry is a lively group of individuals ages 55+ who we call GADABOUTS! And we love to gad-a-bout! Karen Wood keeps this group busy with activities each month. Join us and see what we’re about!


Contact Karen E. Wood for any questions or details on events.

We normally have a potluck the first Thursday of every month at 12:00 PM in the church commons.

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December 5th, will be our annual Gadabouts Christmas party at noon in the Commons. Dress up in your finest Christmas sweaters/shirts and enjoy a good meal in the Church commons. There is no cost to you and you do not need to bring any food. You will need to reserve a seat before December 1rst with me so we can get a head count. This is our last get together for 2019.

Our first Potluck of 2020 will be on January 2nd. Bring your favorite dish and stories of your holidays that you wish to share with us. Look forward to seeing everyone and starting the New Year off with hugs and smiles.

Lunch dates are subject to change.

Normally the third Thursday of every month we go somewhere. These are day trips.


Our next outing will be January 14th. This is a Tuesday. We will be going to 5 Points Museum to see “Safari in the Southeast”, leaving the church at 10am. After visiting the exhibit we are eating at the City Cafe. Please contact Karen for reservations on the bus.

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“The Safari in the Southeast presents part of the Allan & Janie Jones Taxidermied Animal Collection, the third-largest, privately-owned taxidermied animal collection in the United States. The collection includes animals from Africa, South America, and North America – from giraffes to polar bears. This collection has been loaned to the museum to teach the public about animal habitats, biology, and the importance of conservation.

Jones became interested in nature at an early age and knew every insect, bird, mammal, tree, and flower by his senior year of high school. His residence, Creekridge, is over 1,900 acres of protected wildlife, including hundreds of deer, turkeys, foxes, and coyotes. The latest is a Florida panther seen on the property. Multiple lakes boast large fish populations of crappie, bass, and catfish. It includes a swamp, as well as five miles of Mouse Creek, up the center for waterfowl and swamp animals. Numerous red-headed woodpeckers call Creekridge home because Jones protects the dead tree that some birds require. Jones says when nature gets out of balance, it corrects itself, and Creekridge is a lifelong project to encourage nature.”

Karen has completed our outings for 2020.  We will be going to the Cumberland Playhouse 2 times, Holston Home for Children, 5 Points Museum to see “Safari in the Southeast” exhibit, Falcon Rest Mansion & Gardens in McMinnville & the Brushy Mountain Prison etc…. I will be handing out the sheets at our Potluck. If you need a copy, contact Karen.

Please, contact Karen to reserve your seat on the bus for all outings.

Keep checking back for more information.

Some of our favorite trips include: We use the church buses for transportation unless otherwise noted.

  • Cumberland County Playhouse and lunch at the Cumberland State Park
  • Shopping and/a show in Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg before Thanksgiving.
  • Sunshine Hollow, owned by David & Vicki Rhyne outside of the Athens/Riceville area.

All lunches and events are subject to change. Watch the newsletter and bulletin for announcements.